Entries with the tag: alexander frolov
Last night was a great example of a perfect road hockey game displayed by the New York Rangers.
They got two quick goals from Artem Anisimov and Alexander Frolov and an insurance goal by Marc Staal in the second period to defeat the Boston Bruins by a score of 3-2. With that said, the win would not have been possible if not for the play of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
Lundqvist made 35 saves on the night and did everything he could to make sure that his hockey club came out of the game with two points rather than one. This was a game where Lundqvist put it all together and finally had the support in front of him to be able to do so.
For the Blueshirts, it’s two straight tough road wins against formidable opponents and in this league, we all know that every two points matters.
After losing both Chris Drury and Marian Gaborik to injury in Friday night’s home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs, I pondered over at RLD Hockey which New York Rangers’ players would step up and provide offense and all-around solid play in their absence.
I will now share it with you:
Normally, home openers in the National Hockey League are suppossed to be ones where the home team comes out on top by playing a terrific brand of hockey.
Unfortunately for the New York Rangers on Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the home opener was anything but that. The team not only lost to the Leafs 4-3 in overtime, but also ended up losing forwards Marian Gaborik (seperated shoulder, 2-4 weeks) and Chris Drury (broken finger, 6 weeks) for extended periods of time.
While team captain Drury brings hard work, a super shot blocking ability and a timely goal here and there, it is the loss of Gaborik’s offense, particularly his goal-scoring, that will hurt the Rangers the most.
Good morning folks. Unfortunately, I was not able to watch the New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils pre-season game last night because I had a hockey game of my own to play in.
However, it was nice to come home and see that they won 4-3 in overtime and apparently got strong efforts from Marian Gaborik and Alexander Frolov, a combination that team head coach John Tortorella will more than likely have play together to start the season.
Gaborik finished the night with two goals, including the overtime winner, while his linemate, Frolov, finished with a goal and two assists. Certainly not a bad start for what could be a dynamic duo for the Blueshirts.
The team also got a solid effort from prospect Derek Stepan, who is doing everything he can to show the team that he belongs there as team web site beat writer Jim Cerny reported the following in his game recap last night:
Stepan logged over 18 minutes of ice-time, playing on both specialty teams as well as at even strength. He won 50 percent of his faceoffs and fired four shots on goal, just behind Frolov and Ruslan Fedotenko, who each had six, for the team lead.
Well wouldn’t ya know it? The New York Rangers will be back in action tomorrow night in their first pre-season game against the New Jersey Devils.
While the pre-season doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, it is a good chance for the team and its fans to see how players have either progressed or not improved, get a look at some potential lines and more importantly, it’s a great opportunity to see some hockey again since the Blueshirts haven’t played since losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in a shootout back on April 11.
According to Jesse Spector of the Daily News, Blueshirts prospect Mats Zuccarello is expected to make his Madison Square Garden debut tomorrow night against the Devils. It also sounds like Zuccarello is primed and ready to make an impression:
“On the first day, I felt like it was tough, and I wasn’t used to this stuff,” Zuccarello said. “After the first day, I’m pretty pleased with what I’ve done. I think the scrimmages have gone well. I’ve had some good passes, made some good plays. It will be nice to play a game.”
Alexander Frolov is looking to prove to the New York Rangers that not only can he excel in New York for one year, but may be beyond as well and will be worth a long-term deal at the end of the season.
According to Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants and The Record, Frolov got off on the right foot today when in a scrimmage, he scored three goals and generated an array of scoring opportunities. I know it’s only a scrimmage but with the organizational brass watching, it’s obviously an important start for the new signee.
Frolov is going to be given every opportunity to succeed on Broadway this year and will more than likely be placed on a line with Marian Gaborik. With that in mind, Frolov is going to need to work hard every single game and not take any nights off because unfortunately, this offense cannot afford to do something like that.
On another note, team prospect and Frolov’s linemate in the scrimmage Derek Stepan also had a strong showing. He scored his team’s first goal less than a minute into the contest and looked comfortable playing with Frolov and Gaborik. This is another important step for Stepan as he makes his way towards a National Hockey League career.
With hockey season right around the corner, I figured that now was a good time to reach out to Scotty from Scotty Hockey to see what his thoughts are regarding the off-season for the New York Rangers.
Scotty was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions regarding the Blueshirts and how they’ve done heading into the new season.
PH: Overall, how do you think the Rangers’ did this off-season? Why?
SH: The Rangers did fine this offseason, to date. I qualify that due to Marc Staal still being unsigned at the moment. They didn’t give Ilya Kovalchuk a 17 year deal and they got rid of Donald Brashear. Sure, they outright lied to us by saying that the kids in the system would get a chance to break in to the roster and then went out and added Biron, Frolov, White, Boogaard and Eminger. But they got rid of Donald Brashear. Did I mention that already? Well it was worth mentioning twice. Or three times - they got rid of Donald Brashear. Sure the contract given to the Boogeyman was ludicrous of Reddien proportions but Brashear will never wear a Blueshirt again. Losing Jody Shelley to free agency while adding Boogey could very well hurt the team in the locker room and on the ice but ... you guessed it, no more Brashear. I’m clearly quite pleased with that.
When the New York Rangers acquired forward Erik Christensen from the Anaheim Ducks, many fans and pundits were shaking their heads.
Both were wondering what Christensen had done to merit GM Glen Sather’s attention as well as playing time rather than look inward and use someone from their farm team down in Hartford. In fact, both fans and media are still wondering that today but we’ll get to that later.
As it turned out, Christensen had a solid season on Broadway with 26 points (8 goals and 18 assists) in 49 games. In fact, a lot of his time was spent on the team’s “first” line with Marian Gaborik and they seemed to have some chemistry.
With all that said, is Christensen really the answer as a top-flight player for the Blueshirts? Looking at his track record, it does not seem that he would be.
When it comes to hockey, it’s obvious that every team focuses on winning the Stanley Cup.
As such, GM’s from all 30 clubs build their teams so that they can qualify for the playoffs in order to get closer to their gaol of one day winning the Cup. So, where does this leave the Blueshirts?
If I had to look into my crystal ball, it is very possible that the 2010-11 version of the New York Rangers may not even make the playoffs. I know, I know, the season hasn’t even started yet but let’s take some time and look at the reasons why this club may not make the postseason for the second straight year:
- Scoring: While the team may have Marian Gaborik and have added Alexander Frolov, the team is still missing a sniper. This team struggled to score goals at crucial times last season and if Gabby and Frolov cannot do it this season, fans can expect much of the same.
Paul figured that this would be good to pass on to all my readers who are Blueshirt fans out there.
Nicholas was kind enough to take time out of his summer schedule to give us his thoughts on the Alexander Frolov signing as well his thoughts on other Blueshirt topics:
PH: What do you think of the Alexander Frolov signing?
NM: I think the signing of Alexander Frolov was something that GM Glen Sather had to do in order to get his team (possibly) in the playoffs. Without him this year’s team would be fairly identical to that of 2009-10. As far as terms go, Slats got him at a bargain price and signing him for just a year was also a clever move.
As we head into the month of August, I figured now was as good a time as any to ask my Ranger fan readers out there their thoughts on the following questions:
- Is the Alexander Frolov signing a good one or bad one? Why?
- Where do you see Frolov fitting into the lineup? Why?
- With the Frolov signing, could the team really go ahead and demote Wade Redden?
- How will Frolov signing be different from when the team signed Nikolai Zherdev in the off-season of 2008?
UPDATE: As Paul posted previously, Alexander Frolov has signed a 1-year deal with the New York Rangers. The deal is worth $3 million. As I said in the post below, let’s see what he can do in one year.
According to many sports outlets last night, the New York Rangers are on the verge of signing UFA Alexander Frolov to a deal.
I’m not quite sure what to think if the Blueshirts sign him. Here are some positives:
- It is easy to see that Frolov has point-producing abilities. Starting from the 2005-06 season, he has had season totals of 54, 71, 67, 59 and 51 points. This would easily put him among the top three point-producers on the Blueshirts, which isn’t exactly hard to do.
- Frolov would help out the power play. The Rangers clearly need another sniper with the man-advantage and Frolov could become another player the team towards to besides Marian Gaborik.
From Ryan McFadden at Blueshirt Banter:
I made a pitch for Frolov at this years trade deadline. He’s a perfect fit for the Rangers as he’s a big strong goal scoring winger who most importantly has low cap hit. Frolov has notched 30 or more goals twice in the past three seasons. He’s believed to be available for trade and if the Kings do decide to go after Dany Heatley, there’s little doubt Frolov would be involved. It should be said first that this trade is completely dependant on what direction Dean Lombardi is going to take the Kings this season. There was a wide spread rumor that he had traded his 5th overall pick and Jack Johnson for Chris Pronger but it was shot down by Lombardi himself. A trade of that magnitude would signal that the Kings are no longer rebuilding and looking to stockpile draft picks and young talent. However, if Lombardi is looking for one more year of development and rebuilding, this trade would be perfect sense.
The Kings would get the Rangers 19th overall pick which would give them two 1st round picks. They would also get Lauri Korpikoski who is a solid 3rd liner at this stage of his young career. There has been some talk amongst Rangers fans that Sather should trade down since they are in a weak draft position for what they need.
Click here for more. What do you Blueshirt fans think about this? Would you be willing to give up Korpedo?